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Vintages 2024 Buyers Guide


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Stunning Springtime Value

Kir-Yianni Le Nord Assyrtiko

A BEST BUY - VINTAGES APRIL 27 - #25707 - $18.00

Bright, Fresh, Ripe, Winter-Melon-Pear *** (90-points)
Internationally recognized as THE great indigenous white grape of Greece, this vibrant ripe 2023 Assyrtiko is a must try for all wine lovers. Pale straw in colour, it has a very fresh, slightly spicy, somewhat floral, honeysuckle nose with citrusy, fresh melon-pear fruit along with some mineral notes. Dry, medium to medium-light bodied, harmonious, slightly spicy, very fresh, winter melon and ripe pear flavours with a lingering, crisp, refreshing, well balanced finish. This extremely well-priced crowd-pleaser is ready-to-drink and perfect with pasta, poultry and/or seafood (especially mussels and calamari). It spent 4 months on the lees and has 13.5% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar.
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Outstanding 2021 Chardonnay

Hidden Bench
Estate Organic Chardonnay 2021

BEST BUY - VINTAGES APRIL 13 - #68817 - now $29.95
Refined, Intense, Complex, Ripe *** (93-points)
Bright medium straw colour. Lovely, intense, complex, ripe, lemon-apple meringue nose with some gently cedary, mineral notes. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, harmonious, well structured, faintly spicy, intense, bright, well structured, ripe, lemon-apple meringue flavours with a lingering, high acid, elegantly cedary, mineral-driven, faint key-lime-tinged finish. It was fermented with indigenous yeasts in barrels where malolactic occurred naturally. Only 3% was aged in concrete egg, 43% in French barriques and the balance of 54% in neutral 500L oak. The final wine was assembled in August and bottled in September 2022. This very classy, organic, Burgundian-inspired, unfined/unfiltered Chard is perfectly ripe and ready-to-drink with 13.8% alcohol, 2.5 g/L residual sugar and 6.2 g/L total acidity.
Has a $2 LTO until April 28 reducing the price from $31.95 to $29.95

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Delicious Best Buy Red

Fabre Barrel Selection Malbec 2021

Vintages April 13 - #114983 - $18.95
Solid, Ripe, Refined, Raspberry *** (90.5 points)

Extremely deep intense purple colour. Intense, very gently spicy, bright, attractive, ripe, plum-cherry-cassis nose with some refined, cedary, mineral-tinged notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, slightly spicy, intense, still youthful, bright, ripe, plum-cherry-cassis flavours with a lingering, bright, gently complex, raspberry-tined, cedary, minerally finish. Wonderful mouthfeel.

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Red Value of the Year

Mega Spileo
Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Vintages - #539924 - $36.95
Dense, Ripe, Cassis-Cherry-Plum ***/***+ (94 points)

Extremely deep intense dark purple red colour. Intense, complex, slightly spicy, gently cedary, sandalwood-tinged, rich, ripe plum nose with hints of smoky autumnal roasted chestnuts. Dry, medium-full bodied, very well structured, dense, ripe, cassis-plum-black-cherry flavours with a lingering, cedary, bright, faintly savoury, harmonious, sandalwood-tinged finish. This outstanding 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 28 months on fine lees in 90% French and 10% American barrels. It has 15% alcohol, 2 g/L residual sugar and is UNFILTERED (explaining the great mouthfeel and ageability). It was bottled on August 8, 2019 and only 7,374 bottles were produced.


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